This is a confusing and scary time for many of us.

Events are moving at speed and advice on how to best combat the coronavirus pandemic is changing every day. As a union, we are working to help ensure the health and safety of our members, their families and our school communities.

We have welcomed the Government’s decision to close schools to all but a few students for public health reasons.

Latest update

Watch our coronavirus update with joint general secretaries Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted.  

Read our latest advice on Coronavirus - What we say today.

Your feedback

The NEU would like to receive your suggestions for the development of new guidance for NEU members. Please let us know of any issues you have by completing our coronavirus feedback form

Become a coronavirus rep

During the pandemic emergency, if you would like to join the NEU team at your workplace, providing advice and guidance to members, please complete our new rep form.

NEU advice on coronavirus 

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    Coronavirus - members

    Further advice will be made available here as matters become clearer, along with advice on what school staff can and should do and cannot and should not do whether working in school or at home.

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    Coronavirus - reps

    Guide for National Education Union workplace representatives and how to support your members during coronavirus outbreak.

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    Coronavirus - leaders

    Advice for school leaders on coronavirus - with many schools and colleges remaining open for some students, we are keen to help you ensure clarity and safety in the workplace, while supporting all of you to help continue support for all staff and students.

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    Coronavirus - independent schools

    Staff in independent schools should be consulted on any proposed significant changes to working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Coronavirus: supply educators

    We know that supply teachers are particularly concerned about what will happen if they are unable to work or if schools and colleges are closed.

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    Coronavirus - keeping yourself safe

    Our major priority, during this awful crisis, is the health and safety of our members who are continuing to go to work to care for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers.

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    Coronavirus : safe home-based working

    During the coronavirus pandemic, many NEU members will be working from home, either on days they are not on the rota to be in school, or because they fall into the categories of those who should not be in school because they are vulnerable.

What you need to know

Staffing requirements

Members have been in touch to say that some heads are insisting that all staff attend school during this period of special crisis or insisting that teachers in vulnerable categories, or who are carers of people invulnerable categories, are in school.

In most schools, heads are not behaving like this. In very many schools, headteachers and union reps are discussing together the best way of running the school in the interests of the whole community during this period.

If your head isn’t being as open, then we suggest that you have a staff discussion about sending them  our model policy letter to heads

Watch and share NEU coronavirus update 

Conference town hall calls 

Over two thousand NEU members wanted key issues answered on what will be expected of teachers during the period of school closure. Listen to NEU response to coronavirus questions from members.

NEU news on coronavirus

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During the pandemic emergency, if you would like to join the NEU team at your workplace, providing advice and guidance to members and/or raising matters with the leadership team, please complete the form below: